Fundraising News: Grants - Big Lottery Fund

Kate Schroder, chief executive, 4Sight ...

What will the grant help the charity to achieve? It will help us to serve a growing membership. We support almost 5,000 visually impaired people through the provision of free services and have a large group of non-English speakers who are affected by sight loss either directly or as carers.

Is this the first grant you have received from the Big Lottery Fund?

Yes, although we have received several smaller awards from lottery providers over the past four years.

Was the application to the Big Lottery Fund a simple process? Yes. It took around four days to get the project, the budget and the business plan together and to get it endorsed by our referees. I can see how smaller organisations might find the process daunting, however, and it seems to me that the lottery distributors should help charities to 'buddy' each other occasionally.

Do you need further funding to support your development? No. We were able to secure funding from trusts and the private sector prior to making a bid for lottery funding.

How many trusts or foundations have you contacted for the funding? Three, all successful.

Did you receive any other funding recently? Awards for All and several trusts funded a new training and rehabilitation kitchen facility for blind and partially sighted users that we launched last month with the support of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.

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